May 14, 2013 12:00am PDT
the budget deficit down, that's the thing they keep talking about. >> yeah. >> and it strikes me they have been remarkably successful in doing that. when you look at the debt ceiling debacle that led to the budget control act which has led to the sequester that actually -- >> oh, thank you for this question. it's so far off the course. first of all, the actions taken by president obama and the house democratic congress, house and senate when he became president was the american recovery and reinvestment act, many of the initiatives that he passed are what are coming to bear now including the affordable care act. affordable care act is bringing the cost of health care in our country down in both the public and private sector and that is what is largely responsible for the deficit coming down. we all care about frugality. we don't want to spend any money we don't have to. but we do want to invest in the education of our children, the safety of our neighborhoods and the rest and even if you don't, you have to remember that teachers and firefighters and police officers are consumers. >> right.
May 15, 2013 5:00pm PDT
closely here at "all in with chris hayes." >> michigan department of education has just approved a deficit elimination plan for the buena vista school district. >> the district is hopeful that everyone will be back in class as early as this week. >> you heard that right. the buena vista school district will reopen, maybe as soon as friday, and students will finish out the school year, which runs until june 13th. that's because michigan education superintendent mike flanagan finally approved the district's third deficit elimination plan last night, which cleared the way to release state funding. as we first reported last week, then again on monday, buena vista students have not been in school since friday, may 3rd, because the district is out of money and republican rick snyder refused to release $500,000, or .1% of the state's rainy day fund so buena vista schools could reopened. that caused the district to shut the doors on all three schools, send more than 400 schools home, and layoff all 27 of its teachers. when we first covered this story, there was very little movement to resolve the
May 16, 2013 3:00am PDT
stuff going on. >> brian: right. because the market is going up and the deficit actually went down. >> steve: that's right until for the first time in a long time (you know who else had a surplus? california. >> steve: they still do. from california to texas, and more on that twister out of granbury, texas. this is some of the damage left behind after three big twisters leveled a community built by habitat for humanity. heather nauert standing by with details. >> good morning to you. as we're taking a live look at the pictures, you can see how some homes have been completely devastated, while others seem to not have been touched at all. we are waiting just about 30 minutes from now, officials planning to hold a press conference to update us on the widespread damage outside of dallas. this as we get a better look at the devastation done near there. the violent twisters, one was a mile wide, it completely destroyed houses, hurdling people far from their homes. at least six people are dead and dozens more have been hurt. listen. >> it was loud, very loud, you could just hear things cr